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IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Happy Anniversaries --- sort of; The Politics of "Fracking"; How about some weed-killer in your drinking water?... PLUS: Another sad loss for the environment... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (links below): Yummy: Industrial pig farming, salmonella, and the National School Lunch Program; Dairy farmers brace for climate change; Groups target GOP on cap-and-trade; Toyota tops list of Cash for Clunkers winners; Africa wants $67 billion a year in global warming funds; The fallacy of climate activism... PLUS: The sticky problem of how to measure miles per gallon when it's all electric...
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- The First Oil Well (150th Anniversary of the Birth of the Oil Industry) (Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog)
- After 150 Years, Whither Oil? (Green Inc.)
- After Katrina: Playing the Inside Game --- A Cautionary Tale (Huffington Post):
This will be a lengthy post, because the events it describes have unfolded over the last six months. Hang with me, and I assure you that by the end you'll be angry --- either at me for telling you this story, or at the Obama administration.
- Katrina Pain Index 2009 (SF Bay View)
- SLIDESHOW: Then and Now: New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (People Magazine)
- Blight dims post-Katrina optimism: Recovery Fails to Reach Some in New Orleans (Boston Globe)
- Katrina repairs left out of economic stimulus (USA Today, 2/7/09)
- Hope, reality collide in post-Katrina New Orleans (AP)
- Obama Creating Gulf Restoration Panel After Criticism of Corps (Bloomberg)
- Corps of Engineers will not lead new coastal panel (Times Picayune)
A new interagency working group being created by President Obama to tackle coastal restoration planning in Louisiana and Mississippi is likely to be led by either the White House Council on Environmental Quality or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, not the Army Corps of Engineers.
- FEMA chief Craig Fugate: I can remember saying, 'People are going to die and it's going to be bad' (Times Picayune)
- Dangerous hurricane debris clogs waterways four years later
- 5 Years Jail for Katrina Subcontractor (CBS)
- Celebrities keep spotlight on New Orleans 4 years after Katrina (CNN)
- Sen. Landrieu’s plan to export Louisiana’s coastal destruction to Florida (Grist.org)
- NRDC Report: Widespread Atrazine Contamination in Drinking Water and Streams (Huffington Post Green)
- IS YOUR COMMUNITY ON THE LIST? READ THE REPORT:Poisoning the Well --- How the EPA is Ignoring Atrazine Contamination in the Central United States (NRDC)
- Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass (NY Times)
- EPA: Chemicals Found in Wyo. Drinking Water Might Be From Fracking (ProPublica)
- What the Hell is 'Fracking' and How Does it Poison Our Groundwater? (Buzzflash)
- Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies? (ProPublica)
The 2004 EPA study (PDF) is routinely used to dismiss complaints that hydraulic fracturing fluids might be responsible for the water problems in places like Pinedale.
But documents obtained by ProPublica show that the EPA negotiated directly with the gas industry before finalizing those conclusions, and then ignored evidence that fracking might cause exactly the kinds of water problems now being recorded in drilling states.
- FULL COVERAGE: The Life and Legacy of Senator Edward Kennedy (Boston Globe)
- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, champion of the environment and clean energy, dies at 77 (Grist.org)
- A crucial climate vote lost with Ted Kennedy's Death (Grist.org)
But there’s one clear and simple impact of Kennedy’s death late Tuesday night: The push for a climate-change bill in the Senate lost a reliable supporter.
That push needs absolutely every vote it can get. Check out Grist’s running count of Senate votes to see just how close a vote could be.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report... See below!
- Cargill, the National School Lunch Program, and antibiotic-resistant salmonella (Grist.org)
- Got Goat's Milk? The Quest to Save Dairy from Climate Change: Although the dairy industry wants a free pass for carbon emissions, some scientists are looking for ways to help it cope with a warming climate (Scientific American)
- Groups target GOP on cap-and-trade (Politico)
- Toyota Tops List of Cash-for-Clunkers Winners (NY Times)
- Africa wants $67 bln a year in global warming funds (Reuters)
- The fallacy of climate activism (Grist.org)
- MPG Fits Awkwardly in Electric-Vehicle Landscape (Wall St. Journal)